Hawk Harrelson loses mind, screams ‘Hell yes!’ on Adam Dunn walk-off (Video)

Adam Dunn homerHawk Harrelson is the biggest homer announcer on the planet, and that makes him pretty unlikable to listen to most of the time. But sometimes he goes so far over the top that it’s hard not to enjoy it. Especially when he drops words that might be offensive to some.

Adam Dunn crushed a walk-off 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees. Harrelson went so crazy in the celebration that he blurted out a “hell yes!” while losing his mind. It was great.

And, boy, did David Robertson miss his spot badly on that pitch or what? Brian McCann set up way outside for the pitch, and Robertson threw a 92-mph fastball that had cutter-like movement and came back towards the plate. That definitely was not what he was trying to do.

Hawk Harrelson: Hemorrhoids kept me from winning Triple Crown

Hawk HarrelsonChicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is notorious for not having a filter. Whether he’s flipping out over a blown call or making a racist comment without realizing it, we’ve come to learn that we shouldn’t be surprised with anything that comes out of the 72-year-old’s mouth — even if he talks about his hemorrhoids.

Harrelson chatted with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on MLB Network’s “High Heat” on Thursday, and he was asked about the great season he had when he was an All-Star with the Boston Red Sox in 1968. Hawk credited Carl Yastrzemski for his uprising and butt pain for his downfall.

“Well in ’68, it was all because of Yaz,” Harrelson said. “Over the winter I had dedicated myself to — I said, ‘I’m gonna stick it up Carl’s behind in ’68.’ And that was my motivation. I was just going to go ahead and play as hard as I could and things worked out pretty good. In fact, I was going for the Triple Crown up until I got the hemorrhoids and then at that point I fell out of that…”

To his credit, Mad Dog skipped right over the comment and acted like he didn’t even hear it. He probably could have made things a lot weirder. Skip ahead to the 2:08 mark of the video below to hear Harrelson’s hemorrhoid talk for yourself.

As Deadspin’s Tim Marchman noted, Harrelson hit .297 with 31 home runs and 99 RBI through August 15 of the 1968 season. He hit .219 with four homers and 10 RBI the rest of the way. Did they have Tuck’s medicated wipes back then? It sounds like Hawk could have used them.

Hawk Harrelson gets stereotypical, says Chen-Chang Lee has ‘typical Asian motion’

Hawk HarrelsonChicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is best known for being a huge homer and not for delivering play-by-play with the type of tact that legends like Vin Scully display. So it’s probably not too surprising to hear the poor phrasing he used when talking about Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee.

Lee is a relief pitcher from Taiwan who threw 4.1 innings last season in the bigs. He made his season debut on Thursday and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Sox. While he was facing his second batter of the inning, the White Sox announcing team seemed intrigued by his sidearm delivery and sweeping finish.

“It’s a nasty slider from down under,” Steve Stone said about a slider Alexei Ramirez took for a strike.

“Yeah that’s a typical Asian motion,” said Hawk. “Deception involved.”


Yes, many Asian pitchers have different motions from North American pitchers. They most likely have different instruction in Japan and other Asian countries compared to North America, which is also why many Asian hitters have different stances, swings and finishes from what we’re used to seeing. Hideo Nomo had his tornado thing, Dice K Matsuzaka had a hesitation, and Hiroki Kuroda has a hitch in his leg kick, just to give a few examples.

But is Lee’s motion a “typical Asian motion”? If so, what is a typical Asian motion, Hawk?

If Hawk wanted to point out that many Asian pitchers have something with their delivery that is different from what we are used to seeing, that would be fine. If he wanted to say Lee has a tough ball to pick up because it’s sidearm, that’s fine. But what about this was typical Asian deception? The way he phrased and worded things was just plain bad.

Via Deadspin

Angel Hernandez blows call; Hawk Harrelson flips out

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Angel Hernandez blew a call in the 10th inning of the Chicago White Sox-Miami Marlins game on Friday, causing announcer Hawk Harrelson to hilariously flip out on air.

The White Sox and Marlins were tied at three in the bottom of the 10th and Alex Rios was up with the bases loaded and one out. Rios grounded a slow ball to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who flipped to second baseman Derek Dietrich for the force out. Dietrich fired on to first for the double play and Rios barely beat the throw. However, Hernandez didn’t see it that way. He called Rios out to end the inning. Had Rios been called safe, the White Sox would have won 4-3. They ended up winning 4-3 in 11 anyway, but it’s just another example of an Angel Hernandez screw up.

The best part of Hernandez’s mistake was hearing longtime White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson lose his mind on air:

If that’s not the best Hawk Harrelson flip out on air, then it’s a close second behind this meltdown.

As for Hernandez, well, this doesn’t even come close to his worst call ever. To see that, go here.

You can watch a replay of the call here.

Audio via Eye on Baseball

Hawk Harrelson said the ‘sacks were packed with seamen’ (Video)

What a week White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is having. Harrelson followed up Wednesday’s tremendous hissy fit by using an unfortunate phrase during Saturday’s broadcast that could be interpreted in, er, a male anatomical sense. When the Mariners had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Harrelson wanted to remind the folks watching at home that the “sacks (were) packed with seamen.” Yeah, there was probably a better way he could have put that.

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Hawk Harrelson flips out after Jose Quintana was tossed (Video)

Hawk Harrelson is widely despised among non-White Sox fans for his over-the-top homer calls for the White Sox on TV. Even though we’re fully prepared to hear nothing but a biased perspective from Hawk, he still manages to stun us with his sports talk radio caller-like meltdowns on a regular basis.

Take for example what happened on Wednesday. Sox pitcher Jose Quintana threw behind Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning, likely as retaliation for A.J. Pierzynski being hit the day before. The prompt ejection led to Hawk flipping out in epic form.

“What are you doing, Wegner?” Hawk yelled. “You’ve got to be kidding me! That is so bad, that is absolutely brutal! That is unbelievable! I’ll tell you what, they have got to start making guys be accountable. That is totally absurd. That just tells you he has — here’s an umpire in the American League knows nothing about the game of baseball!”

That was a pretty solid meltdown from Hawk. Hey, at least it’s better than making up cheating accusations about opposing players.

Here’s the audio:

Forearm bash to Deadspin

Hawk Harrelson: Jose Bautista Has a Little Cork in his Bat? (Audio)

The White Sox broadcasters were the latest media members to be treated to the Jose Bautista show. The Toronto slugger went 5-for-10 with a home run and three RBIs in the first three games of the Blue Jays-White Sox series this weekend, leaving Chicago’s TV team impressed. In fact, Bautista impressed the team of Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone so much, it left Harrelson saying “If you didn’t know better, you’d say [his bat] had a little cork in it.”

Here’s the audio from the Hawk:

I know Hawk qualified his statement by saying “If you didn’t know any better,” but he’s still throwing it out there that Bautista is hitting the ball harder than everyone else, and he’s suggesting something may be up. Many people have suspected Bautista of using PEDs, and given the amount of successful major leaguers who have been busted over time, that wouldn’t totally be unfair.

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